fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

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celebrate {day 282} (late)



today was my first day on the job as a floral designer. it was fun and relaxing, and I am surrounded all day by beautiful things. it’s going to be wonderful.

then I spent the night celebrating thirty with some of my favorite people in the world. we had dinner and then went to an improv show. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much and so hard. I’m so grateful to have been celebrated so well. As I looked around that table last night, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the people I love who I’ve met in all different stages of life who support me, love me, pray for and with me, and laugh with me. I am so blessed.

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loved well {day 281}

tonight I am thankful for a last day that made me feel so well loved. there were gluten free cupcakes, a few gifts and cards, and lots of laughter and hugs. I am sad to leave, but I know my staff is in good hands and a new adventure awaits.

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chocolate {day 92}


Today I am grateful that there are tons of gluten free chocolate treats. Oh, how I am going to need you. Tomorrow starts the hub’s new job and our adventure into gluten free eating. It is rumored that gluten free eating may help his stomach and my fibro. I’m not sure if that will actually be the case for us, but it seems like it’s worth a good, honest try, right? I’m looking for a good gluten free stuffing so these Thanksgiving dinner loving folks (us…) can enjoy our feast without making ourselves sick. I am a bread and pasta loving girl, having grown up with a dad who is an amazing cook. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t suck too bad…I am also grateful for those who have lived this journey before me so that I can borrow their knowledge and feel slightly less overwhelmed than I would be otherwise. I spent hours today printing and reading lists: foods that are safe, foods that are not, ingredients that have gluten that you may not know about…goodness gracious. If I had to figure all that stuff out myself, I’d have gone nuts. (and fear not, I will try really hard not to become one of those crazy, annoying people who tell you all the time how going gluten free is the best thing they’ve ever done and tell you over and over why you should do it too…) 🙂

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letters and bravery {day 74}

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today I am crazy grateful for this journal, one of my hubby’s anniversary gifts (inspired by this blog) and the anticipation of knowing there is a letter from my sweet hubby waiting for me. I already love this journal and we’ve only had it three days.

I am also grateful for my husband’s willingness and ability to make a difficult decision to leave a job he’s comfortable at for a new adventure. change is scary, huh?!


I also loved my morning snuggles from my cute pup. I missed him while I was gone.

what do you admire about your spouse or significant other?